A 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in a sparsely populated area of Baja California, Mexico late Sunday afternoon, but the reporting of damages has been made difficult in surrounding cities such as Mexicali because of power outages.
According to a report from RMS, the quake’s epicenter was in Guadalupe Victoria, Baja California, which is about 30 miles from Mexicali (pop. 600,000) and 100 miles from Tijuana (pop. 1.3 million). Mexicali was subject to shaking of intensity VII (very strong), which has the potential to cause moderate damage to resistant structures and moderate to heavy damage to vulnerable structures.
RMS said that preliminary media reports indicate that there has been damage to some buildings and infrastructure in Mexicali and rescue teams have been deployed to the city. In Tijuana, shaking is estimated to be of intensity V (moderate) by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and damage reports are very sparse.
The USGS “Did you Feel It? Intensity Map” indicates that the shaking was felt throughout southern California and southwest Arizona with shaking of intensity IV (light) to VI (strong) reported throughout these areas.
RMS said that there are no immediate reports of damage from San Diego or Los Angeles at this time but inspections of buildings and infrastructure are underway. Earlier this year, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Northern California, causing $12.5 million in damages.
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